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Syria: Syrian Army celebrates liberation of Salma, thank Russia for assistance02:47

Syria: Syrian Army celebrates liberation of Salma, thank Russia for assistance

Syrian Arab Republic, Salma
January 13, 2016 at 23:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syrian troops celebrated the liberation of the town of Salma in the Latakia Province, Wednesday, after Government forces along with former anti-government detachments retook the town from the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militant group.

The Syrian Arab Army launched an operation to locate and combat any remaining opposition fighters remaining in Salma after state forces had reportedly seized control of the strategically important city earlier in the week and are now consolidating their control.

Syrian Army Colonel Mohammad Jaber said it was a major strategic victory as "Salma was a crucial place for the terrorists." He also expressed his gratitude to Russia saying "thank God, the Falcons in collaboration with Russian [air force] personnel succeeded in taking over this strategic place, Salma, and liberate it."

Salma was under the control of al-Nusra Front militants for four years, being one of their strongholds. Militants in Salma were besieged by government troops for several months before eventually retreating in the wake of continued attacks. Salma's recapture is expected to limit the ability of fighters to link up with anti-government forces in nearby areas by helping the Army to cut off access routes.

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Syrian troops celebrated the liberation of the town of Salma in the Latakia Province, Wednesday, after Government forces along with former anti-government detachments retook the town from the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militant group.

The Syrian Arab Army launched an operation to locate and combat any remaining opposition fighters remaining in Salma after state forces had reportedly seized control of the strategically important city earlier in the week and are now consolidating their control.

Syrian Army Colonel Mohammad Jaber said it was a major strategic victory as "Salma was a crucial place for the terrorists." He also expressed his gratitude to Russia saying "thank God, the Falcons in collaboration with Russian [air force] personnel succeeded in taking over this strategic place, Salma, and liberate it."

Salma was under the control of al-Nusra Front militants for four years, being one of their strongholds. Militants in Salma were besieged by government troops for several months before eventually retreating in the wake of continued attacks. Salma's recapture is expected to limit the ability of fighters to link up with anti-government forces in nearby areas by helping the Army to cut off access routes.

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